Reds look to build Pacific Rim scouting presence

The Cincinnati Reds appear be expanding the team’s international scouting operations, ostensibly with plans to evaluate talent in Asia. This morning, the team had two baseball operations job openings listed on the sports industry employment website The job postings, which had been removed from the website when I returned to it this afternoon but have been cached by Google,…

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Cincinnati Reds: Run creation or, rather, the lack of it

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Steamer’s very early projections for the 2016 Reds

Forecasting 2016 has begun even before the books are closed on the 2015 baseball season. Fangraphs today made available new projections from Steamer, one of the more widely referenced models. You can find projections for all of Major League Baseball under Fangraph’s projections tab. An article titled “What Exactly is a Projection?” by FG site educator Neil Weinberg explains Steamer…

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Kang excelling as MLB rookie; Will Park, other KBO stars follow?

The success Jung-ho Kang is having in his first year with the Pittsburgh Pirates might help more position players make the jump from the Korea Baseball Organization to Major League Baseball. This past off-season, the Pirates put up the highest bid for the 28-year-old infielder, paying a $5 million posting fee to Kang’s Seoul-based ballclub, the Nexen Heroes, for the…

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NPB leaderboards (June 28): Now with new and improved park factors!

Starting with this week’s leaderboards, I’m using new, more up-to-date park factors for Nippon Professional Baseball. I will write something about that in coming weeks. Calculating park factors is a very complicated and time-consuming process, but it’s very interesting work. Batting and pitching leaderboards are below. Batters are ranked based on Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+); pitchers are ranked by…

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NPB leaderboards (June 13): Swallows 1B climbs among HR leaders with interleague tear

Nippon-Ham Fighters first baseman Sho Nakata homered Saturday against the Yokohama BayStars, making him the first player in NPB to hit 20 HR this season. The Yakult Swallows’ Kazuhiro Hatakeyama went on a 9-HR tear during interleague play to climb into a second-place tie with the Seibu Lions’ Takeya Nakamura (18 HR). There are 14 players in the double digits…

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NPB leaderboards (June 6): Don’t count Messenger out

Among the highlights of the second week of interleague play in Nippon Professional Baseball was Saturday’s pitching duel at Koshien Stadium between the Nippon-Ham Fighters’ young ace Shohei Otani and Hanshin Tigers veteran and former MLBer Randy Messenger. Otani struck out 11 batters in 7 innings pitched, but the one run he allowed on three singles in the fourth inning…

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Japan batting and pitching leaderboards (through May 30)

Interleague play began on Tuesday in Nippon Professional Baseball and most teams in the Central and Pacific leagues have passed the 50-game mark. Players have accumulated enough plate appearances and innings pitched to give us meaningful batting and pitching numbers to look at. Left fielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo of the CL-leading Yokohama DeNA BayStars is the top hitter in Japan through…

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